The Book of Heavenly Love

I have just uploaded my latest e-book.

The Book of Heavenly Love is full of heart-warming stories (so have your tissues ready!).

With 241 pages and some 57,000 words there is plenty to read.

And ‘The Book of Heavenly Love’ is absolutely free

To freely download ‘The Book of Heavenly Love’ just visit

http://www.godsholyspirit.net/BookofHeavenlyLove.pdf

With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

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Torment in the Land of the Kings

Legend held that Laksh’s homeland had been cursed for generations. Long ago, it is said, kings used it as a place to dispose of dead bodies and other refuse, and now spirits roamed the land, tormenting the people. When one of the spirits attacked Laksh’s wife, however, he knew she wasn’t suffering because of dead kings. This was the work of jealous neighbors.

 Neighbours Send Evil Spirit to Attack Woman

Laksh and his wife, Udgita, lived a contented life with their two children, but their neighbours weren’t as fortunate. The family members often fought with each other, and it pained them to see Laksh and Udgita’s happiness. Unable to achieve the same fulfillment, they lashed out at Udgita with a spell of black magic.

One day, Udgita closed her eyes and began murmuring things no one could understand. When people came near, she grew fearful, thinking they were trying to harm her. The same episode happened again the next month and the month after that.

A local witch doctor named Daivya began treating Udgita as the monthly attacks came, but the attacks only worsened. Now, when the evil spirit came, Udgita became violent with increased strength, ripping off her clothes and refusing to let others come near her.

One of Laksh’s relatives suggested visiting a Gospel for Asia-supported pastor, Chanchal, who had prayed for other people harassed by spirits and had seen them released, but Laksh felt uneasy approaching a pastor of a different faith. He could only hope Daivya’s treatments would begin to work soon.

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Pastor Offers Prayers

Udgita’s condition didn’t improve, and life still carried the same responsibilities. Laksh had bills to pay and errands to run. He was picking up some things from the store when he happened to run into Pastor Chanchal.

Casually chatting as they got ready to buy their things, Laksh put away his fear of the pastor and shared about the spell placed on his wife by their neighbors. Pastor Chanchal told Laksh about God’s love and assured him that he would visit the family soon.

Still worried, Laksh allowed Daivya to come over one more time, but while the witch doctor was in the middle of his rituals, Laksh saw Pastor Chanchal coming. Laksh told Daivya to leave the room and let the pastor take charge of Udgita’s situation, but Daivya wasn’t quick to give up his role.

“It will do more harm to your wife to involve two different religions in this matter,” Daivya warned. “I am almost at the end of doing rites. Let me complete it.”

Laksh insisted the witch doctor stop, convinced Pastor Chanchal could save his wife. Several visiting neighbors supported his decision. While Udgita slept quietly in the other room, Pastor Chanchal sat down in the living room and began reading aloud from the Bible.

Suddenly, Udgita began to shout.

Woman Lashes Out As Pastor Prays

Udgita demanded that someone close the door to her room and quickly became violent. She tore down the mosquito net over her bed and ripped off her clothes.

Unable to enter the now half-naked woman’s room himself, Pastor Chanchal told Laksh to go to Udgita and control her, but Laksh was afraid to approach her. His wife’s strength had been increasing under the evil spirit’s power, making her violent display a serious threat to anyone who came near her.

Families and individuals often seek prayer from pastors, just as Laksh reached out to Pastor Chanchal.

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“Nothing will happen to you because I will be praying to the Lord here,” Pastor Chanchal assured him.

Once again, Laksh swallowed his fear and, desperate to save his wife, faced the demon inside her.

Woman Released from Torment

When Pastor Chanchal (not pictured) began reading from the Bible and praying for Udgita, the woman became so violent that even her husband feared her.

Pastor Chanchal prayed fervently as Laksh walked into the other room, and to the amazement of Daivya and the other visitors, peace descended on the home. As the pastor spoke with His God, Udgita became calm.

As soon as he realized what had happened, Daivya rushed over to Pastor Chanchal and asked for the booklet he had used to drive out the evil spirit.

“I did not use any magic book like you,” Pastor Chanchal said, “but I used the Word of God. I have no Bible to give you, but what I can give you is this piece of literature. The Word of God is written in it. You may read it.”

That evening, Daivya couldn’t stop reading the literature. The next morning, he came to Pastor Chanchal’s house full of questions, and by the end of their visit, he had found his answers in Jesus Christ.

“I want you to come over to my house,” Daivya told the pastor, “and if you could help me remove all the religious booklets [and] charms, it would be so kind of you. I will now go to my teachers, and I will tell them of the new things I have learned about Christ.”

Woman’s Husband and Former Witch Doctor Share Christ’s Love

Having seen God’s tremendous power, Laksh and Udgita also decided to follow Christ, and like Daivya, Laksh began telling his co-workers about the One who had given his family new life.

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This man pores over a piece of literature, just as Ugdita’s witch doctor was desperate to know more about the Word.

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For now, other villagers fear persecution too much to embrace Jesus, but some of them say they believe in God’s Word. As Daivya, Laksh and Udgita continue to share what He did in their lives, they trust their neighbours will one day have the courage to believe in Christ without reservation.

What more effective way to share God’s love than through His own Word? Put literature into the hands of missionaries like Chanchal, and see how God changes people like Daivya, Laksh and Udgita again and again.

(A Report by Gospel of Asia)

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With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

1 Samuel 1: 2

1 Samuel 1:2

This was Hannah’s prayer “How I rejoice in the Lord! How He has blessed me! Now I have an answer for my enemies. For the Lord has solved my problems”

She approached the Lord and cried out to Him. Hannah received from her Lord her heart’s desire. She was blessed.

Her heart could not contain her joy. Nothing else mattered or compared to her rejoicing in her Lord.

Her joy filled the depths of her soul. Unspeakable joy from an answered prayer. Victory over her enemies.

God had an answer for her situation. God has an answer for you.

Hannah had a sincere and loving heart. Her faithfulness and obedience were rewarded.

Hannah rejoiced and sang because she could give her son to the service of the Lord. She glorified God because He does great and mighty things for His people.

She made her sacrifice and then she sang out in her joy for what He had done.

Do you rejoice today for what He has done for you?

Prayer :

Glory, Glory to the Lord Most High.

Heavenly Father, you delight in granting the desires of my heart.

Thank you for the blessings that you have bestowed upon me.

In all circumstances I will give you praise for you are worthy of all my praise and worship. My Spirit rejoices in God, my Saviour.

Praise him! Praise Him! Hallelujah, Hallelujah. Mighty God, Glory to His name. Rejoice and be glad. All glory, praise and honour.

Amen

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Be still and know that our Father God will always answer your prayers for thus it is written in Matthew 7 verse 7:-

Keep on asking and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will fins. Keep on knocking and the door will be opened to you.

God Bless

Geoffrey

Are You A Decision-taker?

I am by nature a decision-taker. I have long stated confidently, ‘Better the wrong decision than no decision.’ While I appreciate the sentiment, I’m not sure I can state these words with great conviction anymore.

Sometimes my need to make a decision is driven more from my own frustration with circumstance than any real conviction of its validity; it’s a decision for decision’s sake alone.

Love, to continue yesterday’s theme, requires decision. As Katey and I dated, there came a point that I assume we both recognised when the relationship had reached a stage where a decision needed to be taken, one provoked by a proposal of marriage.

On this occasion, I was a lie unto myself, for Katey proposed to me in the face of whatever convention might say.

At every point of our journey, where we have to make decisions, to choose a course of action, Jesus has promised that the Holy Spirit will be at our side. The spirit, says scripture, is a counsellor, advocate and a helper. In walking the way of love, we are never alone.

The obstacles found strewn on our path in pursuit of God are there more for our distraction than our detention. We are to turn to the spirit for guidance in how we might faithfully follow God’s commands and so live from a heart of love.

‘Law’ is a word we most often associate with a constraint to control our behaviours, one that to ignore brings a punishment. However, the Law of Love constrains us for our personal benefit as well as securing the flourishing of humanity.

Loving God and neighbour, forgiving 70 times seven, worshipping and praying, all lead me away from being self-consumed and towards self-realisation.

And the source of such self-realisation is always and only ever can be God. Love forever means I decrease and the other increases. It is the source of our ability to die to self.

(Dr Micha Jazz)

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With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

Love Is…

Love is a powerful emotion. For love of an idea, people kill; for love of another, people commit adultery; for love of humanity, people sacrifice comfort and security to serve. Love is appreciated by everyone, yet love can prove as devastating as a forest fire if left to follow its own course.

So Jesus places love within certain boundaries. He did nothing that the Father did not command, out of love for his Father. We are invited to do nothing beyond Christ’s command, as a consequence of loving him. And here is the challenge. For obeying Jesus invites us to set our own desires to one side and then adopt the radical requests God makes of us.

As I watched Katey slowly deteriorate with MS, my love for her made me angry with everyone and everything. I was also angry with God and I was angry with myself. With God because I wanted him to supernaturally reverse the disease; with myself because I had no control over events and was unable to rescue my wife.

The weight of my powerlessness was overwhelming; what had I to offer or to say to my dear wife? Then God reminded me of my promise to love Katey in sickness as much as in health. I might want to inhabit a different story, yet this was the story I was called to live. Instead of fighting God, I needed to discover how to love God through obedience.

So began a journey of discovering the truth of God’s presence in our circumstances, regardless of the fact that they were not of our own choosing. Love offered bread for the journey, water to refresh the soul, truth to plot a course; however, was my heart bold and big enough to respond to such love?

It was only as I chose to humble myself and began to seek first the kingdom, as instructed by Christ, that together we discovered that Christ was present in a world we’d been struggling so hard to escape. It required much of us; yet we found our reward in the fullness of God.

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With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

Love Overcomes Violence

Gotham is a TV series which introduces yet another take on the emergence of the comic book hero, Batman. The plotlines propose violence as an antidote to violence, as if redemption is achieved simply by who holds the most powerful arsenal of weapons. The show echoes the widely held conviction that security can only ever be achieved through violent methods, legitimised through government enforcement.

Gazing back at the redemptive act of love as presented by Jesus, we see a very different expression. Love only overcomes violence by refusing to adopt violent retaliation. By making his way to the cross, Jesus becomes the ultimate and final blood sacrifice for the redemption of humanity. We have no more need of violence in resolving difference, being gifted with love as its alternative. The kingdom of God as articulated by Jesus is often described as ‘an upside down kingdom’. Paul reminds us that it is in foolishness and weakness that love conquers all.

Caring for Katey, I endured my critics who said it was foolish to give up everything else, including my paid job, in my commitment to care for her. I also discovered my own weakness in that I was unable to care as I yearned to, since my own reactions got in the way.

However, anger that expressed itself through violent outbursts and physical self-harming only added to Katey’s burden. I had to accept my weakness and care for her in my weakness. At such points, the rays of God’s love broke through, warming both our souls deep within. It was the upside down kingdom.

I had the authority through Christ to manage that anger and choose to live accepting God’s pattern for our life together. We found rest in the heart of the hurricane that was tearing our house apart. Together with Christ, we found our true strength and our true identity.

(Dr Micha Jazz)

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With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

A Sunday Reflection

One day a while back, a man, his heart heavy with grief, was walking in the woods.

As he thought about his life this day, he knew many things were not right.

He thought about those who had lied about him back when he had a job.

His thoughts turned to those who had stolen his things and cheated him.

He remembered family that had passed on. His mind turned to the illness he had that no one could cure. His very soul was filled with anger, resentment and frustration.

Standing there this day, searching for answers he could not find, knowing all else had failed him, he knelt at the base of an old oak tree to seek the one he knew would always be there. And with tears in his eyes, he prayed:-

“Lord- You have done wonderful things for me in this life. You have told me to do many things for you, and I happily obeyed.

Today, you have told me to forgive. I am sad, Lord, because I cannot. I don’t know how.

It is not fair Lord. I didn’t deserve these wrongs that were done against me and I shouldn’t have to forgive.

As perfect as your way is Lord, this one thing I cannot do, for I don’t know how to forgive.

My anger is so deep Lord, I fear I may not hear you, but I pray that you teach me to do this one thing I cannot do –

Teach me To Forgive.”

As he knelt there in the quiet shade of that old oak tree, he felt something fall onto his shoulder.

He opened his eyes.

Out of the corner of one eye, he saw something red on his shirt. He could not turn to see what it was because where the oak tree had been was a large square piece of wood in the ground.

He raised his head and saw two feet held to the wood with a large spike through them.

He raised his head more, and tears came to his eyes as he saw Jesus hanging on a cross. He saw spikes in His hands, a gash in His side, a torn and battered body, deep thorns sunk into His head.

Finally he saw the suffering and pain on His precious face. As their eyes met, the man’s tears turned to sobbing, and Jesus began to speak.

Have you ever told a lie, he asked? The man answered – yes, Lord.

Have you ever been given to much change and kept it? The man answered yes, Lord. And the man sobbed more and more.

Have you ever taken something from work that wasn’t yours, Jesus asked?

And the man answered yes, Lord.

Have you ever sworn, using my Father’s name in vain? The man, crying now, answered yes, Lord.

As Jesus asked many more times, “Have you ever?” The man’s crying became uncontrollable, for he could only answer yes, Lord.

Then Jesus turned His head from one side to the other, and the man felt something fall on his other shoulder. He looked and saw that it was the blood of Jesus. When he looked back up, his eyes met those of Jesus, and there was a look of love the man had never seen or known before.

Jesus said, I didn’t deserve this either, but I forgive you It may be hard to see how you’re going to get through something, but when you look back in life, you realize how true this statement is.

If God brings you to it – He will bring you through it.

Lord I love You and I need You, come into my heart, today.

With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

For without You  I can do nothing.